Converting pool to underground storage

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Converting pool to underground storage

#1 Post by exswissmiss » Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:24 pm

Hello everyone!
I have been wondering if a pool drained of water can be used as underground or semi-buried food pantry and maybe storm cellar (at least for short people).
Any thoughts from builders/contractors/handymen and women?

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Re: Converting pool to underground storage

#2 Post by hyphes » Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:24 am

I don't see why not, but it's going to be a huge job to do it correctly. If you really want to build something that will last and not be incredibly dangerous to be in, you're going to have to construct a roof over the pool as a concrete form with reinforcement, pour a good amount of concrete and then bury the entire thing under a layer of crushed rock and a foot or two feet of dirt. At the end you'll have a pretty great root cellar/fallout shelter though

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Re: Converting pool to underground storage

#3 Post by iceagefarmer » Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:26 pm

Pools make great storage for fresh water. Huge pond for aquaponics!!

Some discussion of similar ideas here: https://www.avsforum.com/forum/19-dedic ... space.html

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Re: Converting pool to underground storage

#4 Post by Farside » Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:02 pm

Yeah if I had a pool it would become an aquaponics operation before it became a root cellar.

An ideal reuse thing for a root cellar would be one of those concrete storm water culverts / pipes. You can install a flat floor in them and you have a handy space under the floor where moisture can collect and drain out. Buying them new is expensive ($2K per meter) but I've also seen those big 7 ft diameter corrugated metal culvert pipes which can be buried and are possibly cheaper.

BTW don't use a shipping container. They are not designed to be buried, where pressure is exerted on the sides. There is a possibility that when buried they will crumble and collapse.

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Re: Converting pool to underground storage

#5 Post by Farside » Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:13 pm

So check out this image. It's essentially a hole dug in the ground, with whole tree trunks laid over the top.
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If you do this up on a slope, you can lay a pipe down the hill that provides ventilation and allows moisture to condensate and drain away. You can cover those logs with a thick silage tarp, and then cover it with a few feet of soil.

Replace the ladder with a set of stairs if you want to get fancy.

A side note: Some counties are actively monitoring satellite imagery and visiting farms to check permits for silos, buildings, and ponds. This structure is so quick to construct and conceal that from space it will just look like landscaping.

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